ACE Producers has selected 18 experienced independent producers for the ACE Animation Special 2021. The intensive workshop is designed to deepen their knowledge of developing and producing long form,feature film and series animation production for an international audience including cinema, broadcast as well as streaming. Producers applied with animated features and series projects in early development. Originally set to take place during Animation Dingle it was postponed to late June 2021 in Dublin due to the current situation. The selected producers will kick off the workshop with an online session in March giving them the opportunity to benefit from the online Animation Dingle programme.

The ACE Animation Special is supported by Screen Skills Ireland, Screen Ireland, Animation Skillnet, BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) and Animation Ireland in close collaboration with Animation Dingle.

Of this year’s event, ACE director Jacobine van der Vloed said, “We’re thrilled to be joining with our Irish partners once again for the Animation Special. Of course, the fact that we’re not going to be in Dingle in March is disappointing for all involved, but after our experience last year, we’re confident of delivering a dynamic workshop that will offer our producers the key knowledge to make their way in the animation industry.”


  • Simonetta Amenta (ACE Italy), Eurofilm
  • Emilie Blézat (ACE France), SCIAPODE
  • Maria Blicharska (ACE Poland/France), Donten et Lacroix/Blick Productions
  • Fiona Copland (New Zealand), Field Theory
  • Valérie Delpierre (Spain), Inicia Films
  • David Epiney (Switzerland), Alina film
  • Marion Guth, (Luxembourg), a_BAHN
  • Chris Hees (United Kingdom), Bridge Way Films
  • Niamh Herrity (Ireland), Pink Kong
  • Nicole Kellerhals (Germany), X Filme Creative Pool
  • Tamsin Lyons (Ireland), Ink and Light
  • Michael Margulis (Ukraine), Kapi Animation
  • Errol Nayci (Netherlands), Storytellers Animation
  • Kristy Neville (Canada), Wildling Pictures
  • Sébastien Onomo (ACE France), Special Touch Studio
  • Iris Otten (ACE Netherlands), Pupkin Film
  • Aleksandar Protic (Serbia), MIR MEDIA GROUP
  • Vanessa Robinson (Ireland), Little Moon Animation

Topics covered include story development, visual world building and asset creation, international production workflows in multi-country co-productions, financing strategies, physical line production, the integration of an animation department into an existing (film-) production company as well as an assessment of the demands and expectation of broadcasters.

Among the experts of this year’s edition are Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning Magic Light Pictures producers Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“Zog and the Flying Doctors”), BAFTA-winning producer Claire Jennings (“Coraline”, “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit”) and renowned animation producer Simon Quinn (“Isle Of Dogs”). The full list will be announced shortly. Last year’s expert line-up included Peter Lord founder of Aardman Studios, Chris Dicker, then head of development at Jam Media, Cartoon Network’s Sarah Fell, Michael Ryan of GFM Films and Jean Baptiste Babin of Backup Media.

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